The Body Awakens, Too.

It seems obvious: we would not be able to practice without our body. And yet we often take the body for granted, viewing it as little more than a source of suffering rather than the precious opportunity for cultivation that it is. In this series, meditation teacher Ralph Steele renews our appreciation for the body by delving into embodied mindfulness, concentration, and insight practices from the Theravada Buddhist tradition. – From Tricycle Magazine.

Paul Bloom on Understanding Our New Politics

Great piece by friend and Buddhist Teacher Paul Bloom, published recently in The New Haven Register.

“It is important to recognize that concern doesn’t equal hatred — let’s start there. Concern about policies and differences of opinion are about democracy. We should all note that President Obama has welcomed the incoming president on a number of occasions, as we all should. In a November address to the nation, Obama also pointed to the importance of “a sense of unity; a sense of inclusion; a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a respect for each other.”


Pema Chodron on Enjoying Your Life

“You know who said it best? Leonard Cohen. He meditated all those years at Mt. Baldy Zen Center, often for twelve hours at a time. In an interview, he said his storyline just wore itself out. He got so bored with his dramatic storyline. And then he made the comment, ‘The less there was of me, the happier I got.'” – Pema Chodron